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Sandeep
Mertia
Technology Studies
Research Associate
The Sarai Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies

I'm an ICT engineer by training with research interests in STS, Software Studies, New Media and Anthropology.

Evan
Hepler-Smith
Scientific data and information systems
PhD candidate
Princeton University Program in History of Science

I study the history of scientific data and information systems, primarily since the late nineteenth century and especially in the chemical sciences. My dissertation, "Nominally Rational: Systematic Nomenclature and the Structure of Organic Chemistry, 1889-1940," traces how European and American chemists built and used rules of nomenclature to order the increasingly numerous and complex objects of chemical science and industry.

I am also pursuing research in the application of physical and digital technology to the conservation and authentication of paintings, the automation of scientific reasoning in late twentieth century synthetic organic chemistry, and the historical relations between structural organic chemistry and graph theory.

Pierre
Mounier-Kuhn
History of Computing in France and in Europe
CNRS
Chargé de recherche, CNRS & Paris-Sorbonne University. Chercheur associé with the Centre Alexandre Koyré

Pierre Mounier-Kuhn has published three books:

• In 2010 an analysis of the emergence of computing in French research and higher education:
L'Informatique en France, de la Seconde Guerre mondiale au Plan Calcul. L'Emergence d'une Science
(Presses de l'Université Paris-Sorbonne, 2010, 720 p.)
http://pups.paris-sorbonne.fr/pages/aff_livre.php?Id=838

• In 2013 a corporate history on information technologies in a major French bank:
Mémoires Vives. 50 Ans d'Informatique chez BNP Paribas (BNP Paribas, 2013, 196 p.)

• In 2016, a global, richly illustrated History of Computing (in French in its initial version). Emmanuel Lazard & Pierre Mounier-Kuhn, Histoire illustree de l’informatique, Paris, EDP Sciences.

(see https://cnrs.academia.edu/PierreMounierKuhn)

His main fields of interest are:
• The historical geography of computer science and the process of academic discipline building
• IT in banks
• Computer & peripheral manufacturers in France, particularly IBM, Bull, SEA, and new entrants
• Software & service companies, particularly the service bureau sector
• The development of early Air & Navy defense systems, and their influence on the French computer industry
• Governmental policies regarding computer technology and industry.
• Transnational relationships in the scientific and industrial spheres, particularly between the USA and France, within Europe and with the former communist countries.

He collects contemporary art in the form of vintage computer cards and components.

P. Mounier-Kuhn has co-organized a number of international conferences, exhibitions and publications in these fields, and published some 60 papers in French and in English. He participated in "Software for Europe", a collaborative research project within the European Science Foundation. He served in the jury of the Computer History Museum Book Prize (2010-2012).

Michael
Halvorson
Business and Economic History; History of Technology
Benson Chair in Business and Economic History, Associate Professor of History
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

I am a social, cultural, and business historian interested in studying overlapping cultures, community, and technology. I also have a background in high technology (software development) and European history (Renaissance, Reformation, and early modern science and technology). My current research project is related to the origins of business software in the United States, c. 1970-2000. The project explores investigates business strategy and the software development process, efforts at standardization, marketing software, and the experience of business software users and customers.

Ramesh
Subramanian
History of Information, Communication, and Telecommunicatoins Systems
Gabriel Ferrucci Professor of Computer Information Systems
Quinnipiac University

Subramanian’s current research interests include Information Systems Security, History of Technology, ICT4D, Technology and Privacy Policy. At Yale ISP, he will continue his research and lead sessions in these topics. Subramanian’s articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the European Business Review, Journal of Global Information Technology Management, International Journal of E-Business Research, Information Systems Education Journal, and Communications of the International Information Management Association, and as chapters in scholarly books. Published books include: "Access to Knowledge in India: New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development." Forthcoming (Dec 2011), Bloomsbury Academic Publishing, London, UK; "The Global Flow of Information: Legal, Social and Cultural Perspectives." (2011), New York University Press, NY; "Computer Security, Privacy and Politics: Current Issues, Challenges and Solutions" (2008) IRM Press; "Peer-to-Peer Computing: The Evolution of a Disruptive Technology" (2005), IDEA Group Publishing, Hershey, PA. In 2008-2009, Subramanian was awarded a Fulbright Senior Researcher grant to study the effects and consequences of Internet spread in rural India.
Prior to joining Quinnipiac University, Subramanian worked at IBM Advanced Technology Lab as Senior Software Engineer. He was the project lead for the development of a new-generation collaboration tool, which has since become the IBM Community Tools Suite. He was also the project lead for the development of an intra-company P2P resource sharing prototype code-named “Mesh,” and holds two U.S. patents in these areas. Prior to IBM, Subramanian has held the following positions: Associate Professor of MIS (tenured), College of Business and Public Policy, University of Alaska, Anchorage; Instructor of Computer Science, Rutgers University, NJ; Member of the Technical Staff (MTS), Database Research District, Bell Communications Research, Morristown, NJ; Consultant, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce; Consultant, British Petroleum Exploration, Anchorage, Alaska.

Wesley
Dwyer
Quantification of Subjectivity, Information Systems, Financial Systems, Surveillance, Medical Humanities
Associate - Investment Banking
Stifel Nicolaus
Alex Sayf
Cummings
Intellectual property, urban history, postindustrial society
Assistant Professor
Georgia State University

I am interested in the ways that technology, law, economic policy, and popular culture have shaped the landscape of the modern United States. My first book, Democracy of Sound, dealt with the politics of music and intellectual property since the dawn of sound recording, and I am currently working on a project about the rise of the information economy and the emergence of “creativity” as a central theme in discussions of social and economic change in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century.

Quinn
DuPont
Software history
PhD Student
University of Toronto
Giovanni A.
Cignoni
History of Computing
Professor on contract in History of Computer Science
University of Pisa

History of Italian early computers.
Rebuilding of old computing devices, including by software simulation.
Restoring of old devices.
Historically & technologically accurate storytelling.

Laurent
Bloch
Cyberstrategy
Researcher
IFAS (French Institute for Strategy Analysis)

Cyberstrategy, Operating Systems, Programming, History of Computing

Garvey
Colin
History of AI
graduate student / teaching assistant
RPI

AI, machine learning, Mumford, critical technology studies, democratic steering of technology

Brian
Clarke
History of Information Technology
Graduate Student
Cornell University: Department of Science & Technology Studies

history of information technology, infrastructure studies, surveillance studies, automation in financial industry

Gerardo
Con Diaz
Computing and Intellectual Property
PhD Candidate
Yale University

I am a historian of science and technology with a special interest in law and public policy. My dissertation is a history of software patenting in the United States, and my current works in progress address the development of other forms of intellectual property protection for computer programs. My primary research interests stand at the intersection of the histories of technology, business, and law, but my broader interests include the history of epidemics and women, gender, and sexuality studies.

Cliff
Jones
History of formal methods
Professor
Newcastle University

Software in general; concurrency in particular; history of formal (mathematical) ways of specifying and designing software; includes formal semantics of programming languages

Elyssa Ilana
Kanet
Science, Technology and Society
PhD Student
Bar Ilan University

Medical Ethics, Religion, Judaism, Organ Donation, Assisted Reproduction Technologies.

Salem
Elzway
History and Political Economy of Technological Development
PhD Student
University of Michigan
Peter
Koval
history and philosophy of information technology
PostDoc
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

As a scholar of cultural studies I am interested the history and philosophy of technology, in particular of information technologies: My PhD thesis unfolds the intractable genealogy and evidence of the so called "Moore’s Law".

Currently I do research on the historical epistemology of information architectures in the context of interdisciplinarity research and organizational design at the cluster of excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung at the Humboldt University.

Most of my research is inspired by the philosophical questions of the „order and orientation“ and the human condition in the digital age.

By invitation of Tom Haigh.

Loïc
Petitgirard
History of mathematics and computing
Assistant Professor
Conservatoire national des arts et métiers

Histoire of calculating instruments / computing. History of mathematics / Theory of dynamical systems.

Meryl
Alper
Domestic technologies, children and media, history of child-computer interaction, disability and technology
Ph.D. Student
Northeastern University